ABS says future is in autonomy
Announcement from ABS: US-class society ABS has used the annual Marintec event in Shanghai to outline the organisation’s vision of shipping.
ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine Dr. Kirsi Tikka chaired a panel session on the marine industry’s journey to autonomy and the collective benefits realized along the way.
Tikka described the benefits that will come during interim phases of the marine industry’s voyage to autonomous shipping. “The transition to the next generation of shipping is fueled by automation, data and connectivity. Ultimately, success will rely on an iterative process that requires designing, building and testing interim outcomes. The industry will increasingly apply a systems engineering-based approach to build in robustness and reliability into the design.
This process can increase the reliability of navigation, propulsion, auxiliaries, and communication – all of which will contribute to improving safety and efficiency. If implemented correctly, evolutionary development will introduce significant benefits to shipping at each phase, before we reach autonomy on a larger scale.”
Tikka went on to discuss how a new talent profile with different skills will be necessary as the industry moves to autonomy.
“While we transition to further autonomy, increased automation and connectivity will change how the crews interact with ship systems and shore-based support. Managing significant change, in an industry where changes are adopted slowly, requires innovative thinking and a diverse blend of education and experience.”